Low Angle Jointer
Our Low Angle Jointer is the largest Low Angle Block Plane ever produced. It is as big as a No. 7, but with a much simpler design that is quick and easy to set up, and is excellent for a wide variety of work.
The blade sits in the body bevel up at 12°. It comes with a 25° flat ground bevel, making the included cutting angle 37°. Blade Sharpening: The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance. A secondary bevel of up to 5 degrees helps achieves a razor edge quickly. This also improves edge life in hardwoods. For more information on advanced sharpening we suggest David Charlesworth’s DVD Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening.
Blade adjustment is simple, direct and positive. Hold the tool in one hand with your thumb on the cap. Loosen the cap iron thumbscrew all the way, then tighten slightly until there is a little resistance. Adjust depth of cut with the stainless steel nut. Sight down the base of the tool from the front, and judge depth and squareness of the blade by the thin dark line of the blade showing against the sole as it protrudes. When you are done, snug the cap thumbscrew. Do not over tighten.
The Low Angle Jointer intentionally has very little lateral adjustment of the blade. This is an advantage. As you adjust the blade, it will track squarely with the sole. The disadvantage is that you must sharpen the blade square. Today there are many good jigs on the market that make this easy to do. If you find that you don’t like this feature, you can grind the blade narrower to give more lateral play.
To adjust the mouth, loosen the two Brass thumbscrews and slide the shoe carefully to desired position. Be careful not to hit the sharp edge of the blade when tightening the mouth.